Restaurant liquor license suspended

Establishment gets 3 days, fine for after-hours party

March 25, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An out-of-control after-hours party for employees of Mangia Italian Grill in Marriottsville will cost the restaurant's licensees $2,750 in fines and a three-day liquor license suspension this weekend. Also, owners of an Ellicott City liquor store have been fined $700 for serving underage customers.

The Howard County Liquor Board, which is made up of County Council members, imposed the punishments in orders signed March 17.

The Mangia case involved a party Jan. 6 at the Waverly Woods establishment. Police Detective Martin Johnson told the board that he entered the restaurant at 2:25 a.m. -- the closing time required by law is 2 a.m. -- and found 45 people, including underage drinkers.

Licensee Russell Preisinger said he left the party at 1:15 a.m. and thought it was about to end. The business is changing ownership, but that has been delayed because of a bankruptcy filing, the board's order said. The panel said it found "multiple and egregious" violations involving underage drinkers, people too drunk to be legally served and after-hours operations.

In the liquor store case, Johnson testified that he found an 18-year old man loading alcoholic beverages into his car outside Pine Orchards Liquors in the 10200 block Baltimore National Pike on Dec. 19.

The $700 fine was imposed because the violation was the second for the licensees, Chon Kyu Yi, Thomas and Mary Johng.

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